Sykes on record pace to take pole in Phillip Island

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 27 Feb 2016

Sykes will start from pole position in Phillip Island

Tom Sykes will start this weekend’s two World Superbike races from pole position after shattering the Phillip Island circuit lap record in this afternoon’s superpole session.

Ducati’s Davide Giugliano led the way early in the SP2 session before the fast laps came in the closing five minutes as riders stuck in their super-sticky Pirelli qualifying tyres.

With just one qualifying tyre to use, at an abrasive track like Phillip Island riders get just one lap to secure the best grid slot available.

Leaving it quite late to post his time, Sykes’ lap of 1’30.020 beat Sylvain Guintoli’s existing circuit record by some 0.018sec to claim pole position ahead of Giugliano, the Italian just 0.078 behind the Kawasaki rider. 

World Champion Jonathan Rea completes the front row, admitting he was a little too cautious on his first run with the qualifying tyre.

PATA Yamaha duo Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes line-up fourth and fifth respectively with Honda’s Michael van der Mark in sixth, ahead of new team-mate and former MotoGP star Nicky Hayden.

Aprilia rookie Lorenzo Savadori will start his debut world superbike race in the middle of row three, ahead of 2016 runner-up Chaz Davies who seemed less than impressed with his superpole pace.

Leon Camier rounds out the top ten, ahead of Althea BMW duo of Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.

In the new look World Superbike format, riders will line-up for the first race of the year at 3pm local time (4am GMT). 

World Superbike - Phillip Island - Superpole 

Times from the first qualifying session of 2016